Multiple stakes winner Union Jackson has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, New York as a Sequel Stallions/Stonestreet Stables venture.
A five-year-old son of Curlin – Hot Dixie Chick by Dixie Union, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables LLC, and trained throughout his career by Steve Asmussen.
In only his second start, Union Jackson emulated his sire and dam by earning honors as a TDN Rising Star, breaking his maiden by nine lengths over six furlongs at Keeneland. He went on to win six races by a combined margin of 26½ lengths, including an 8¼-length score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup, and in his final outing a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, in which he ran six furlongs in 1:08.75.
Union Jackson is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who also bore the Stonestreet colors for most of his career. A son of champion sire Smart Strike, Curlin has made an exceptional start to his stud career, producing Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind; classic winners Palace Malice and Exaggerator; the first- and second-place finishers in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Good Magic and Solomini; and other grade one winners such as Curalina, Connect, Keen Ice and Off the Tracks. Having run fractions of :21.78; :44.16; :56.2 and 1:08.75, Union Jackson has a strong claim to be regarded as Curlin’s fastest son.
“A brilliant horse, by a great horse, and out of a brilliant horse. I would know… I had all three!” said Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen.
Union Jackson’s dam, the Dixie Union mare Hot Dixie Chick, was an exceptional two-year-old, breaking the five-furlong track record at Keeneland in her debut, then winning the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) by 6¼ lengths and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). Out of the graded-stakes-winning and grade-one-placed In Excess (IRE) mare Above Perfection, Hot Dixie Chick is also a half-sister to this year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Always Dreaming.
Sequel Stallions principal Becky Thomas related that “Union Jackson is an outstanding individual from the physical standpoint, and I fell in love with him when I saw him. He was extremely fast, and when you consider that he is by a horse of the year and exceptional, out of a grade-one-winning two-year-old who is also half-sister to a Kentucky Derby winner, he may well be the best-bred stakes-winning runner to begin his stud career in New York.”
Union Jackson will also represent the first participation in the New York breeding program for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke stated that the she was “very excited to be standing Union Jackson in New York,” adding that “Union Jackson was a horse that we have always thought very highly of. He reminds me very much of two other Stonestreet-raced horses, Kantharos and Maclean’s Music, who broke out to become very successful young stallions, Maclean’s Music getting this year’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Cloud Computing in his first crop. Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”
Union Jackson will stand his first season at a fee of $5,000.